The Living F.R.E.E. Lab is a research group focused on developing and evaluating interventions to treat and prevent disordered eating behaviors and obesity among women of color and those experiencing poverty.

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We have some great people working with Living F.R.E.E. Lab.

Our team is comprised of social work and public health researchers, and graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill.


We work hard to conduct research to improve eating behaviors.

Our most recent projects have been focused on reducing binge eating and preventing weight gain in Black women experiencing obesity.


We are always looking for people to become involved in the work at Living F.R.E.E. Lab.

Interested in participating in one of our research studies? Interested in joining the Living F.R.E.E. Lab team?


Helping Loved Ones with Eating Disorders

Educate Yourself. Read as much material as you can to learn the difference between facts and myths about weight, nutrition and exercise. Knowing the facts can help you challenge inaccurate ideas that may be fueling their disordered eating. Educating yourself can also help with avoiding overly simplistic solutions. Being told “Just eat” or to “Just stop” […]

Spring 2021 Update from the Lab

We’ve been busy this semester! The pandemic has brought new challenges, but our team has worked hard to examine a plethora of COVID-19 surveys and interviews in order to shed light on the unique challenges faced by persons struggling with disordered eating.   COVID-19 and Eating Disorders Study The Living FREE Lab is excited to […]

Research Studies


The Feasibility of a Binge Eating Intervention in Black Women with Obesity

The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility of Appetite Awareness Training in a sample of Black women with overweight and obesity.


Reducing Binge Eating to Prevent Weight Gain in Black Women: A Pilot Study

The purpose of this study is to examine if Appetite Awareness Training has the potential to reduce binge eating and prevent weight gain over 6 months.


Exploring the “Why” Behind the Binge Eating Behaviors of Black Women

The purpose of this study is to examine the factors affecting the binge eating behaviors of Black women.